Graduate School 11th Annual Graduate Research Achievement Day (GRAD) Competition

Graduate Research Achievement Day

The Graduate School will be hosting the 11th annual (2nd Virtual) Graduate Research Achievement Day (GRAD) Competition during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, which will span from April 5 to April 9, 2021. GRAD is a great opportunity for students to showcase their research to the campus community while learning about the great diversity of research and scholarship at Old Dominion University.

GRAD 2021 is a virtual poster event. Students interested in participating must submit a poster proposal that consists of the graduate student’s name, any co-authors, a project title, and a 300-word maximum abstract. The proposal must be submitted no later than Friday, February 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. to Proposals that do not follow the formatting requirements or are submitted late run the risk of not being accepted.

A committee appointed by the Graduate School will review each proposal and accept those to be included. Students with accepted proposals will be notified by Friday, March 12, 2020.

Those selected to be presented during GRAD will follow the guidelines below to prepare their final posters

  • A final abstract with a 300-word maximum that is free of external graphics. It will be placed in ODU Digital Commons, our institutional repository (see last year’s posters).
  • A digital E-Poster in PowerPoint or PDF format (up to 3mb) that we can upload into Microsoft TEAMS for judging and then into ODU Digital Commons. (A template that you can use is attached.)
  • A zip file containing any additional images, videos, or other media that you would like to include on your Digital Commons GRAD poster page. If possible, we additionally ask that a voice recording of each poster be supplied to increase their accessibility.
  • E-Posters received in the correct format by the deadline are to be judged between April 5th and April 9th. Results and feedback will be available by April 20th.

Graduate Students: Be sure to obtain faculty permission for all language and data included on and with your poster. If you have sensitive data or privacy concerns, let me know. By submitting your poster, you agree to have it placed in ODU Digital Commons where it will be available openly on the Internet. You also warrant that you and your co-authors hold the copyright or have the approval of the copyright holder and that the work does not infringe any copyright.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Xavier-Lewis Palmer, graduate administrative assistant in the Graduate School at